If you have one child and are thinking about adding another one into the mix, here are some of the reason’s I really enjoy having more than one child. If you have some of your own feel free to add them in the comment section.
Disclaimer: This article is based on my opinion only. Whether by choice or circumstance, there is nothing wrong with having one child. I am not trying to make people feel bad or inferior since I am sure you could easily write ten reasons about why one child is good.
10. Hand-me-downs. They are a great money saver, since most kids outgrow their clothes before they wear them out anyway. This may be tricky if you have a boy and a girl, but you never know. I actually get to do hand-me-downs with my twins because they are in two different sizes, so bonus for me.
9. Buying in bulk. I am all about getting value for my money, and things are much cheaper when you can buy in bulk. Yes, you can buy in bulk no matter how many children you have, with just one the odds of making it through that 2kg box of cereal before it gets soggy are low.
8. They teach each other. Big brother is always helping his sisters learn new things, and they are always extra responsive when it comes from him. From teaching his sister how to bounce in the jolly jumper to learning to stand on her own, watching them interact is almost magical to me, and I love it.
7. The kids play together. I am not solely responsible for entertaining my children. They can play together while mommy enjoys her coffee (for five minutes anyway before a fight breaks out). I can’t speak for my children, but I know that all the best memories from my childhood are of times I spend with my brother, who to this day is one of my best friends.
6. It feels more like a family. When we just had one child it was like we were a couple plus one. We still did a lot of couple things we did before just with the baby (going to parties etc.). But now that we have three, we are truly a family, We drive a family car, we eat family meals, we hang out with other families etc. etc.
5. Having the second child is exponentially easier than the first. With our first child, I was a bit overwhelmed and lost at times, but we muddled through. But with the girls, I was able to actually enjoy parenting, and spent my time wishing the moments would last forever rather than wishing them away. Plus, my son was a big help with the babies, and much-needed company while I was home on maternity leave.
4. I have more of a legacy. More children means I have better odds of having grand kids to play with, yay. For me there is just something special about family time with a big family. Plus, ideally one of them will be there to take care of me when I am older.
3. My children aren’t as spoiled. With three kids they have to learn to share food, toys, attention, etc. When it was just one, it was all about him, and since the world doesn’t work that way, it’s better to learn early. Ditto for toys from the grandparents. At least they are spreading the gifts between three kids instead of just one.
2. My children get to be independent. It is amazing what a child can do if given the chance. Today my son put his boots on for the first time all by himself. We were going to walk the dogs and I had asked him to get his things ready while I got the girls set up in the stroller. He did that, and then decided he could put his boots on himself. If I had been there to do it for him, he would have never gotten the chance. And this is just one example of many. Having more children has made me a way more laid back parent, which is less stressful for me and them. I accept that even if I wanted to I can’t coddle my kids because there just isn’t the time or energy. If Sawyer wasn’t out of a stroller when the girls were born (he was way before that, of his own accord) he would have had to be because it’s already hard enough pushing around two babies in a double stroller, no way I would do a triple!
1. I get three times the hugs, kisses and “I love you”s. ‘Nuff said.